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Resident Evil: Retribution

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Plenty of gore -- and more 3-D -- in fifth RE installment.

Movie R 2012 117 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+

Ages 15+

Fifth installment
age 15+

Naked time

Lots of intense fights, scares and some naked scenes as the games of course and the big cities in the movie provide the consumerism. I'm no RE evil game fan, but for big fans I recommend Phelan Porteus remaining RE reviews so let's hope they stay up after it seems to hit copyright strikes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (19 ):

As horror, this movie's not very spooky, except for a couple of typical jump-scares; and as sci-fi, it's not very brainy. Writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson once again returns to the helm of this series, as he did for the first and fourth entries. And, like Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution is also presented in 3-D. But while the last movie felt clean and more character-focused, this one seems a good deal lazier, both in the writing and directing departments. For instance, Anderson comes up with a couple of potentially great martial arts fight scenes but edits them too quickly and lowers the emotional stakes.

Though several characters band together here, the movie doesn't seem to care about any of them, and none of them gets much more than a couple of tough-guy line readings. They never develop any personalities. Indeed, when characters start dying, it's hard to remember who's gone. The 3-D isn't used quite as well this time, either, and it often goes unnoticed. The visual effects are pretty much business as usual.

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